Robert M. Jenkins Scholarship

Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship

The Reservoir Committee (RC), a technical committee of the Southern Division AFS, created the Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship in 1997. Bob was elected to the National Fisheries Hall of Excellence in 1995. His vast contributions to the field of reservoir fishery science paved the way for today’s reservoir managers. The Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to graduate students conducting reservoir-related fisheries research in the southeastern United States which show exceptional progress in their research, education, and professional endeavors. Application materials can be found here.


2022 Recipient:

The Reservoir Technical Committee is proud to announce Douglas Zentner from Oklahoma State University as the recipient of the 2022 Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship.

Doug is working under the guidance of Dr. Dan Shoup. His project applies traditional harvest evaluation and modeling to a unique Catastomidae gigging fishery that exists in the Euchae Reservoir drainage. The project involves several complex modeling components using state-space and traditional harvest modeling, but also includes ecosystem modeling and life history studies to attempt to ascertain the role of suckers in this reservoir-river complex. Doug is passionate about research, especially the biology and population dynamics of understudied fishes. He is, and has been, actively involved with AFS and plans to continue to do so and he looks forward to contributing statistical and programming support to the fisheries field in general and fostering the next generation of fisheries scientists.

Doug was unable to attend the 2022 SDAFS meeting in Charleston, SC. He was presented with his $500 check from the Reservoir Technical Committee in Norman, OK by Richard Snow, Fisheries Research Supervisor, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Congratulations Doug!